The Grace Lewis Miller Residence ( 1937, Richard Neutra)
2311 North Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
Richard Neutra’s 1947 Kaufmann house might be the most famous in Palm Springs, but 10 years before it, he made his mark on the desert with this special house designed for St. Louis socialite Grace Miller. The design is like a glass box with multiple windows for ventilation and deep overhangs on the south and west facades to shade the home. North- facing windows were textured to provide light with privacy. Inside, custom built- ins met the specific needs of Grace Miller, from workspace to seating. Even the closet was designed to separate her ventilated shoe closet from the clothes, and the house has many space- saving, efficient design elements. After years of neglect, the home was purchased in 2000 and beautifully restored— and was recently featured in a Modernism Week Signature Home tour.